Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: A significant rise in the number of educational institutions in Odisha registering zero success rate this year has stoked concerns.

Out of nine students who registered at College of Art & Culture in Sarakhia, Dhenkanal, two years back, not a single student could clear the Plus-II examination this year. Similarly, KPD College in Daspalla and Bellaguntha women’s college in Ganjam also recorded zero pass percentage.

“There were two students from our college who registered for Plus-II examinations. While one of them didn’t appear citing health issues, the other one dropped out after a few papers. Students refused to take exams protesting decision to club our examination centre with Dhenkanal college,” said Secretary of College of Art & Culture, Dhenkanal.

Situation is no different in SRM High School and Nano Science College in Bhubaneswar where only five students had appeared for the examination, but none of them could clear the papers.

In total, nine Plus Two science colleges & 82 high schools registered zero pass percentage this year in CHSE & matric examinations, respectively.

“Strict action will be taken against those teachers who are not doing their duty properly. Only after a review, we will be able to find out why performance of these institutions is so bad,” said District Education Officer of Koraput, Pramod Kumar Panda.

As many as 22 schools got zero result in Matric examination in 2017. The number rose to 36 in 2018 and 82 this year. The overall martic pass percentage has also dipped since 2017.

“Within two days, a show cause notice will be issued. After getting their response, we will decide what steps to be taken next,” School & Mass Education Minister, Samir Das said.

Educationists have raised questions on how colleges with less than 10 students are being allowed to register for the examinations.

“There should be some sort of penalty on institutions registering zero result,” said educationist Kamal Prasad Mohapatra.